Why You Need A Garden Cart

My garden cartI don’t know how I ever got by without my garden cart and if you have any size backyard and constantly need to go back to the shed for any tools or other items you need, you definitely should consider getting one for yourself.

They are so much easier to use than a wheelbarrow as the weight is evenly distributed over all 4 wheels and you pull them along rather than having to push.  Because of the 4 wheels, garden carts are also more stable and can generally take larger loads.

What Can You Use The Garden Cart For?

I use mine every time I go out into the garden.  I put the tools in it that I’m going to be using for the particular task I’ll be doing and wheel it over to wherever I’m working.

If I’m pulling weeds or pruning, I put the weeds or prunings straight into cart rather than making piles on the ground and this saves so much time in double handling.  I don’t have to pick things up after I’ve finished and can then wheel it straight to the compost bin or garden waste bin and dump everything in.

Recently I received a truck load of mulch and used the cart for distributing the lot all around the garden.  I have one that tips so it was really easy to tip the mulch straight onto the garden bed and then just spreading it a little.

I also find it invaluable for shifting heavy loads like bags of compost and potting mix.  I just wheel the cart up to the boot of the car and drag the bags into it.  Certainly saves a lot of heavy lifting.

Garden carts can also be used for mixing up ingredients if you like making your own potting mix.  For my raised garden bed I purchased some bags of compost and garden soil, emptied them into the cart and mixed them up before shoveling the mix into the bed.

So What Should You Look For When Purchasing A Garden Cart?my garden cart tipping

  • Firstly you’ll want one that durable because you’ll be using it a lot but light weight enough to make it easy to pull along when it’s full.
    Mine is made from strong poly carbonate with a steel frame.  Ensure your cart has pneumatic tires which can be pumped up although in the 12 months of using mine, I’ve never had to pump up the tires and its done a fair bit of work
  • Secondly decide which size of cart you need.  For most standard yard jobs a cart with a 4 cubic foot or 600-pound capacity is large enough and very easy to maneuver even when filled with soil or mulch.
    There are smaller carts available if you only have a tiny yard but these usually only have 2 wheels.  I prefer the 4 wheelers mainly for stability.
  • Thirdly you’ll definitely want one with the spring loaded dumping feature as this makes it so much easier to empty your load where you want it to go.

Here’s a selection of garden carts that you may like to consider:

Garden Cart Comparison

Precision LC2000 Mighty Garden CartGorilla Carts GOR200B Garden Dump CartGorilla Carts GOR108D-14 Garden Dump CartGorilla Carts GOR866D Garden Dump Cart
precision garden cartGorilla GOR200BGorilla GOR108D-14Gorilla GOR886D
*4 Cubic Foot Capacity (36" x 19")
*600 Pd Weight Capacity
*Poly Carbonate Body
*Steel Frame
*Pneumatic 10" Wheels
*Spring Loaded Dumper
*36 inch by 20 inch tray
*600 Pd Weight Capacity
*Poly Carbonate Body
*Steel Frame
*Pneumatic 10" Wheels
*Quick Release Dumper
*41.5 inch by 22.5 inch Tray
*1000 Pd Weight Capacity
*Poly Carbonate Body
*Steel Frame
*Pneumatic 13" Wheels
*Quick Release Dumper
*2 in 1 Convertible Handle for towing behind lawn tractor
*40 inch by 25 inch Tray
*1200 Pd Weight Capacity
*Poly Carbonate Tray
*Steel Frame
*Pneumatic 13" Wheels
*Quick Release Dumper
*2 in 1 Convertible Handle for towing behind lawn tractor








My choice from the 4 carts listed above would have to be the Precision cart as its almost identical to the one that I have which is very durable and useful.  These carts all come unassembled so you’ll need to put them together but if you follow the instructions you shouldn’t have too many problems.  If I can put one together then anyone can!

Update – July 2016 – I’ve just received another truckload of mulch and my garden cart is still going strong!

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